VW 1.9 TDI Short Block Engines.

Due to the current popularity of the TDI conversion for T3 and even T4 models, we’re now keeping these VW Short Block Engines in stock.

Price to be confirmed… but expect them to be “sensible” especially for a VW unit ūüôā

They’re supplied with Crank, Pistons, and intermediate shaft fitted… and even come with a sump (although you won’t need that for a T3).
They also have the piston protrusion checked and come with gaskets.

These are going to go quickly, we feel sure!

Brickwerks Open day 24th April


We’ve not done this for a couple of years but we’ve decided to tidy up and open the workshop doors on a weekend again and let you all have a nosey about to see what we’re up to.
Same format as previous years, we’ll be there about 9am and stick the kettle on, you bring a mug and we’ll fill it with tea or coffee.
Over the next few days we’ll sort a discount code so you can pre-order some quality stock so there’s no disappointments on the day and we’re not running around like idiots wasting time making invoices out!
We’ll sort some food out of some sort or other too.
We usually wind up around lunch time and the syncro fraternity meander their way up the valley to make a day of it and do some of the local green lanes.
For the 2WD crowd we could always cruise up the valley in a different direction to the Oil Can Cafe and check out some classic cars.
there have been some changes down at Bridge Works and we now have a lot more room in the car park so there should be plenty of space.
See you there!

More new stuff? Surely not?

There are so many new products finding their way onto the webshop now that we’ve had to increase the number shown on the homepage temporarily to show them all…
In fact, if you’re using a mobile or some tablets you wont see them at all (unless you force the browser to show the desktop site in the options!).

A load of new badges have just gone “live”, to keep the Caravelle owners happy.
A few other surprises too ūüôā

For those that only ever view on mobiles, here is what you’ve missed this week.


The scarey thing is… we really havn’t touched the tip of the iceberg!

New Products

One for the workshop customers

A few weeks ago as we were returning from a wedding and taking the scenic way home we chanced across a new campsite quite local to the workshop.
Now, regular visitors to Brickwerks HQ make use of the campsite a mile or so up the road from the workshop but it seems it’s a little “Marmite”, some love it, some don’t, so we are now in the position where we can recommend a second reasonably local site for those that like things a little wilder!

You know we like to try out the stuff we sell and I suppose this similar!

Whitegate Leisure is a small family run campsite on the moors above Holmfirth and is run by husband and wife team Shaun and Sue who bought the farm a few years ago and are in the process of renovating the farmhouse and out buildings and is located approx 5 miles from our premises.

We would say that this campsite is more suited to the outdoor-sy types as it’s located “in the sticks”. We’ll warn you though, it’s exposed location can give some great views over the valley but I can’t say I’d want to be camping there in a storm!
This campsite would be great for those that like walking, cylcling or ever a spot of green laning as there are plenty of walks, cycle routes and green lanes very close to the site.
Just down the road is Coddy’s Farm which sports a tea room [which does breakfasts] and a farm shop, another 10 minutes walk down the hill takes you to the Holmfirth Vinyard where you can go and sample wine made on the sunny slopes of the Holme Valley.

The only thing missing is a pub but the centre of Holmfirth is only 2 miles away and this then opens up a whole realm of things to go of an evening from eating out to the excellent Picturedrome, voted the NME’s 2nd best small music venue in the UK.

All in all, for us a great little campsite and just up the road for us for those last minute “I want to go camping” moments.
Please note it is seasonal and it shuts over the winter period, but, in fairness the lost village in the woods a mile or so away is called “Hades” … if you’re up there in the winter you’ll find out why! (the neighbouring farm is called Elysium, it must have been named in summer as that means “A place or state of perfect happiness.”)

-Secure site with private access
-Grass covered Hard Standing for caravans & tourers
-Electric Hook Ups
-Hot showers
-Toilet facilities
-Water point
-Outside wash up area
-Blue waste disposal
-Dogs welcome
-Free WIFI

Whitegate Leisure.
White Gate Rd

Farm: 01484 688080
Mob: 07786 707890

Baimex Curtain System – T4 In Grey and Black

We now stock the German made Baimex curtain sets for T4 models.

Complete set includes Rear Window, 4 side windows, and from cab seperator curtain.
Curtains come pre mounted to the sliding rails so simply a case of screwing the rails to the surrounds.

Currently we have them in Black and Grey for Short Wheel Base “Panel Van Conversions” – basically if you have bare metal surrounds or lining carpet covered interior panels, these will fit.
A kit is also available for models with plastic interior window surrounds and also Long Wheel Base versions.

T3 Kits coming soon…


Webshop Link

Fuel Hose… Information and Reassurances.

It doesnt matter where you go on the internet lately, there will be discussion regarding Fuel Hose. There is a lot of mis-information, and a lot false claims regarding fuel and fuel hose.
There will be scare stories and pictures of burning vehicles… demands that you CHECK YOUR FUEL HOSE NOW!!!!


Yes, its not a bad idea. Check your fuel hoses… thats the easy bit. Getting your head around all the “facts” regarding replacement fuel hose is impossible. Try and decipher the specs and you’ll be baffled by a series of acronyms and abbreviations that when you try and cross reference them will just result in a even more acronyms and abbreviations!
We know. Weve tried! This is what it boils down to based on information from the people actually make the hose we supply… more of that later.

Fuel is changing. The pumps may look the same, it even kind of smells the same, but its different. Huge pressure is being placed on fuel producers to use a renewable source for a percentage of their fuel. This means Ethanol in Petrol, and “Biodiesel” for Diesel fuels.

At the moment in the UK we have around 5% Ethanol (E5) in Petrol and the same Biodiesel in Diesel.
We say “around” because fuel manufacturers since 2013 have been allowed to increase this to 10% (E10), and by 2020 10% of all transport fuel must be from a renewable source.
There is already discussion regarding E15 pump fuel, and in fact in some areas of the USA its already available… as is E20 – Some parts of South America have had E20 fuel for over 30 years!

So… where does this leave us trying to keep 30+yr old vehicles on the road?
In simple terms, if you have the original fuel lines on your vehicle you’ll be lucky if its still running.
If youve replaced them in the last 10 years then there is a very good chance that they will all ready be perished and degraded and not always visibly ¬†as the fuel runs down the inside… obviously!

Which brings us to replacement fuel hose.
If youve looked into replacing your fuel hose, you’ll be familiar with a few terms.
One is SAEJ30R… followed by a number. The most common one used now with regard to Ethanol content is “R9” or SAEJ30R9.
The R9 Spec doesnt just relate to its resistance to Ethanol and Biodiesel. Its more complicated than that… its just that its the SAE spec which has the highest resistance to them, and which also requires other requirements for the main fuel connections such as pressure resistance and strength.
“R9” is not some magic E10 fuel hose!
SAE by the way is the Society of Automotive Engineers… basically an international body who set the specs that the Automotive industry works to.
If you want the actual data, its here… and we quote this only because its not the easiest piece of information to find, not to cloud the issue more than it already is…

“Hose primarily intended to meet the demands of fuel injection systems. These would include, for example, electronic fuel¬†metering (EFM), electronic fuel injection (EFI), throttle body injection (TBI), and the like. Other areas of utility are those¬†applications requiring fuel permeation resistance exceeding 30R8 and ones which require fuel resistance greater than¬†that obtainable with 30R6, 7, and 8. Exposure of this hose to gasoline or diesel fuel that contains high levels, greater than¬†5% by volume, of oxygenates, i.e., ethanol, methanol, or MTBE may result in significantly higher permeation rates than¬†realized with ASTM Fuel C. This hose may be supplied in either a coupled or uncoupled form, and is useful in the¬†transportation of gasoline, ethanol extended gasoline, diesel fuel, lubrication oil, or the vapor present in either the fuel¬†system or the crankcase of internal combustion engines in mobile, stationary, and marine applications. This hose has a¬†maximum working pressure of 0.69 MPa (100 psi) up to and including 12.70 mm (1/2 in) ID. This hose may be furnished¬†in long lengths, specific cut lengths, or as a part preformed to a specific configuration. This hose is suitable for use in¬†normal operating temperatures of 34 to 135 ¬įC (29 to 275 ¬įF) and intermittent use at 150¬įC (302 ¬įF).”

See what we mean! Now… the important bit in all that, and really the point of this post is the sentence that states:

“exposure of this hose to gasoline or diesel fuel that contains high levels, greater than¬†5% by volume, of oxygenates, i.e., ethanol, methanol, or MTBE may result in significantly higher permeation rates than¬†realized with ASTM Fuel C.”

Basically, if you buy hose described as R9 or “SAE J30 R9” it should comply with this specification. What its actually complying with is a 5% Ethanol/Biodiesel content (based on test fuels) and exposure to greater concentrations of Ethanol may result in higher permeation rates than those specified. There are other spec that this hose complies with, but thats the relevant one as far as Ethanol and Biodiesel.

And thats our issue with the whole “R9 Spec” fuel hose thing. You can go on eBay, and buy “R9 Hose” for pennies. You can buy it from a lot of suppliers. We can buy it for about half the price of the hose we currently sell. Whether its what it claims it is or not, who knows. If it is, it meets the minimum spec as stated above. 5% Ethanol or Biodiesel, more than 5%¬†“may result in significantly higher permeation rates”.¬†

This brings us to the hose we sell. Our hose is sourced direct from the manufacturer. They make fuel hose for all the car makers youve heard of, and many that you havn’t. They have supplied VW with fuel hose for a long time…
The reason we tell you this is that they have a good reputation, they sell a hose and it meets the spec they claim. They have no interest in passing of a hose as something its not, and they have no interest in selling a hose to a minimum spec. Their spec isnt “R9 Hose”. It exceeds the spec. and many others, but its not just “R9”. Thats why we choose to stock it.

The hose we sell meets all the requirements to allow them to state that it is SAE J30 R9, however if you read the data sheet regarding the suitability for Ethanol and Biofuels its safe with up to 100% of either.

The exception to this is the 5.5mm Braided hose we supply for the breather pipes. You’ll read things like “Cotton Overbraid hose is no good for modern fuels”. Which is nonsense.
The covering  of the hose means nothing, it is literally what is inside that counts!
Our 5.5mm Overbraid hose complies (and exceeds) R6 spec, and at the same time is fine with 10% Ethanol content (E10).
Thats right… as far as Ethanol content goes its higher spec than “R9” hose you might see for sale… you wouldnt use it for high pressure applications, but for breather pipes… no problems.

You’ll also note that the sizes of hose we sell are the exact dimensions VW specify. Well, they would be, they’re made by the same people who supply VW!
We dont sell a slightly bigger hose just because its pound or two cheaper!

And there you have it… hopefully its a little clearer.

 5.5mm Overbraid Hose
3.2mm FPM/ECO Hose
5.5mm FPM/ECO Hose
7.3mm FPM/ECO Hose
11.5mm FPM/ECO Hose


T3 Ignition checks – HT Leads

HT leads, simple concept, it’s a wire that carries the high voltage produced by the ignition coil and sends it to the distributor cap and then on to the spark plugs.

Whenever we get a T3 with a petrol engine in for rough running this is one of the first tests we do, check the resistance of the HT leads.

The T3 HT leads are made up from a few components, the connection to the distributor cap, the connection to the ignition coil, the spark plug connector and the cable itself.

Each connector has some built in resistance to help with radio interference, generally the ignition coil and the distributor cap connectors generally have a 1K‚Ą¶ [one thousand ohms] and spark plug connectors have 5K‚Ą¶ [five thousand ohms]

The cable itself has a copper core and should have no resistance.

This means a king lead [lead from coil to cap] should have a total resistance of 2K‚Ą¶ [1K‚Ą¶ + 1K‚Ą¶ + 0‚Ą¶=2K‚Ą¶]


Then, each HT lead [Cap to spark plug] should have a resistance of 6K‚Ą¶ [1K‚Ą¶ for the cap connector, 0‚Ą¶ in the cable and 5K‚Ą¶ in the spark plug connector]

Checking is simple with your multimeter, select the correct scale for measuring 6K‚Ą¶ and test each lead individually. You are not looking for exactly 2K‚Ą¶ for the king lead, but somewhere very close, ditto for the HT leads, you probably won’t achieve 6K‚Ą¶ exactly but they should generally all be even and around that figure.

VW made the leads in the manner so that each spark plug receives an even voltage, if one lead has a higher electrical resistance then the it’s associated spark plug will receive a lower voltage and result in rough running.

We often find vans here with “Silicone” leads and simple crimped brass connectors, Silicone HT lead is usually resisted along it’s length meaning that the longer the cable the greater the resistance and as you know with a T3 engine you have 2 short leads and 2 long leads, which if you absorbed what was said above will result in uneven voltages at the spark plug! We do not advise people use silicone leads on T3 models.


Checking HT lead, this one is a little high for us and will be replaced.
Checking HT lead, this one is open circuit and the source of the misfire on this particular vehicle.

It is also worth visually checking the leads to make sure the electrical connectors are in good condition as sometime the saw tooth ratchet mechanism for the later pin type connectors fail and cause loose connections.

Cap and coil connectors from left to right
Cap and coil connectors from left to right DIN 90¬į, DIN straight, Sawtooth 90¬į, straight sawtooth and in the foreground is a cheap none resisted item found on cheaper leads.

You can find HT leads here for..

Aircooled 2.0l CU vans here.

Early T3 1.9l with DIN type connections here.

Late T3 1.9l and 2.1l with saw tooth connections here.

Even Oettinger WBX6 here.

You will also find a range of HT lead components for making your own here